In a sign of the changing geopolitical equations in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia – for the first time – has allowed direct flight to Israel over it’s territory. And the first airline to get this permission is Air India, which will operate flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv, Hareetz has reported.
The only other times aircrafts have flown directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel have been Air Force One flights carrying United States Presidents George Bush and Donald Trump.
Currently, flights between Israel and other nations have to take routes avoiding Saudi airspace as it does not recognise Israel. The only flight between Tel Aviv and Mumbai goes over the red sea and takes 8 hours to reach India. This time will be cut down by two and a half hours following the approval by Saudi Arabia.
Discussions for the flight were intensified following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to …